Title: Workplace bullying among Indian managers: prevalence, sources and bystanders' reactions

Authors: Arpana Rai; Upasna A. Agarwal

Addresses: Gilbreth Hall, NITIE, Vihar Lake, Mumbai 400087, India ' Gilbreth Hall, NITIE, Vihar Lake, Mumbai 400087, India

Abstract: The present study examines the prevalence of bullying, sources of bullying and bystanders' reactions to bullying amongst Indian managers. Data gathered from 205 managers using behavioural and self-labelling approaches of measuring workplace bullying suggest that like managers in the west, Indians experience high instances of bullying. In terms of direction of bullying, it was found that downward bullying predominates as most of the bullying acts were directed from superiors. The study also highlights bystanders' reactions to bullying indicating that majority had preferred silence when they witnessed bullying. The findings of the study highlight a number of key avenues for future research that will help to extend the current workplace bullying literature.

Keywords: workplace bullying; Indian managers; prevalence; sources; bystanders' reactions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2017.085388

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2017 Vol.15 No.1, pp.58 - 81

Accepted: 09 Aug 2016
Published online: 18 Jul 2017 *

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